Monday, January 31, 2011

Color Word Books (not free, but a great deal)

Okay, these aren't free, but I've been using these and think they are a great resource for the price. For the low subscription fee ($20 per year) to Enchanted Learning, you have access to a wide variety (tons) of printable educational materials.

I use the color word books I'm listing here for teaching many different skills: vocabulary development, colors, color words, reading, writing, etc. There is a lot you can do with these materials, and I've been using them for about 4 of my students with autism. I think they are structued in a way that is very clear and non-distracting, which is good for my students.

Here's the list:

Black: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/black/
Blue: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/blue/
Brown: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/brown/
Green: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/green/
Orange: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/orange/
Pink: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/pink/
Purple: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/purple/
Red: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/red/
White: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/white/
Yellow: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/colors/yellow/

Friday, January 28, 2011

Washington State Autism Guidebook

A comprehensive guide to Autism in the state of Washington (USA). Even if you don't live in this state, this guidebook includes information including diagnostic information, instructional strategies, and transition resources.

You can view the table of contents here: http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/mch/Autism/Documents/Guidebook/TOC.pdf

The appendix includes resources such as Instructional Accommodations and Modifications, Education Best Practice Guideline Checklist, and Tips for Making an Oral Care Visit Successful for the Client with Autism.

The entire guidebook can be downloaded here: http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/mch/Autism/Guidebook.htm

Amazon.com recommends...
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Interventions and Treatments for Children and Youth
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Interventions and Treatments for Children and Youth

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Win Scholastic Books

This is more of a general teacher freebie, but Scholastic is having a pretty decent contest for teachers to win some of their children's publications.

http://www.facebook.com/ScholasticBookClubs and click on "Sweepstakes."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Classroom Rule Visual Supports

Visual representations of common classroom rules. See slide 5 in this PowerPoint presentation. From Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children.


http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/teaching_tools/toc/folder3/3a_class_rules.ppt
 
Amazon.com recommends...
Classroom Rules Cheap Chart
Classroom Rules Chart

Monday, January 24, 2011

First 100 Signs

Photos of common signs that your child might use for requests, including mom, dad, water, cereal, cookie, all done, etc.

http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/concepts.htm

Amazon.com recommends...
FLASH CARDS SIGN LANGUAGE
Sign Language Flashcards

Friday, January 21, 2011

Create a Transition/Picture Schedule

A great how-to article with links to a couple of picture sources. From AutismSpot.

http://www.autismspot.com/blog/Create-TransitionPicture-Schedule

Amazon.com recommends...
PECS Daily Schedule Board (Picture Exchange Communication System)
PECS Daily Schedule Board

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Google Science Fair

Just wanted to pass along this opportunity that might be a way for your children or students to create a project based on a special interest.

All of the information and rules can be found here: http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

File Folder Schedule

A template to make your own file folder schedule for your children/students. Instructions for use are on page 2 of the document. From AutismClassroom.com

http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1449722/i/folderschedule.pdf
 
Amazon.com recommends...
Visual Supports for People with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Autism)
Visual Supports for People with Autism

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Supports

Some visuals for today's holiday that could be used for coloring pages, visual supports during speeches or lectures, etc. From Homeschooling.About.com.

http://homeschooling.about.com/od/holidays/ss/mlkingprint_7.htm

http://homeschooling.about.com/od/holidays/ss/mlkingprint_8.htm

Amazon.com recommends...
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Vehicle Spelling Word Questions

A sample activity from EnchantedLearning.com. Questions include rhymes and definitions. Includes a word bank with a few pictures for visual support.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/alphabet/spellingquestions/vehicles/sample.shtml

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Online Game: Shape Train

A shape matching game with a train theme from Aven's Corner. I can't wait to show this one to my son!

http://avenscorner.com/flashgamepage.aspx?gameurl=shapetrain/shapetrain

Amazon.com recommends....

My Big Train Book (Priddy Books Big Ideas for Little People)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fine Motor Skill Activities

I've been looking for fine motor skill activities for one of my students this week, and came across a great list:

http://autismacitivties.blogspot.com/2007/05/activities-with-fine-motor.html

Amazon.com recommends...
Melissa and Doug Basic Skills Board
Melissa and Doug Skills Board

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Clothespin Dinosaur

A great craft idea from "No Time for Flash Cards." Could be used as a motivating fine motor skill activity for children with a special interest in dinosaurs.

http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/02/we-dig-dinosaurs.html

Amazon.com recommends...
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

Friday, January 7, 2011

Skill Tracking Sheet

A skill tracking sheet from Establishing Operations that allows you to list a skill, the date introduced, the date mastered, and the number of days until mastery.

http://establishingoperationsinc.com/pdfs/SKILL_TRACKING_SHEET.pdf

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sensory Friendly Film - January 8

This isn't exactly a freebie, since you pay for the movie tickets, but I always like to let all of you know about these opportunities. AMC's next sensory friendly film will be Yogi Bear on January 8, 2011 at 10 AM, local time.

For more information and theater locations, please visit http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sensoryfilms
 
Amazon.com recommends...
Social Story - The Restaurant and the Movies (Now I get it - Social Stories, The restaurant and the movies)
Social Story - The Restaurant and the Movies

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Printable Activity Schedule

A printable activity schedule from NoteAbilities. Includes pictures for circle time, snack, goodbye, etc.

http://www.noteabilities.com/downloads/activity_schedule.pdf

Amazon.com recommends...
Activity Schedules for Children With Autism, Second Edition: Teaching Independent Behavior (Topics in Autism)
Activity Schedules for Children with Autism

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Online Picture Dictionary

An online picture dictionary for kids. Great source of pictures (mostly drawings) for vocabulary development. Click on the letters of the alphabet to access the pages of the dictionary. From Enchanted Learning.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Dictionary.html

Amazon.com recommends...
Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary